The Director of Public Prosecutions Jane Frances Abodo, as earlier reported, has withdrawn charges against the 3 Nigerian artists who were yesterday sent on remand for staging a music concert in Uganda contrary to the Ministry of Health guidelines on the spread the COVID -19 Pandemic.
The artists including a 23 year old Stanely Omah Didia alias Omah Lay, a 25 year old female Temilade Openyi alias Tems and their career Manager Muliwa Awoniyi all residents of Lagos in Nigeria had been accused of doing a negligent act likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease.
However today as the suspects were still in prison at Kitalya, the DPP sent a withdrawal letter dated today 15th December directing Makindye Chief Magistrates Court to release them immediately.
According to the law, DPP gives no reason for his/her decision.
These 3 Nigerian nationals had been jointly charged with 4 Ugandan businessmen and the organisers of the said music show Ivan Ddungu, Kisakya Phillip, Benjamin Kabuura and a woman Salima Kim who are scheduled to return to court tomorrow for purposes of hearing their bail application.
The DPP now accuses the four Ugandan nationals of having held a music concert last weekend with over 200 revellers at Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo – Makindye Division against the Ministry of Health guidelines on the spread of COVID -19.
Video clips of this concert went viral on social media which angered Ugandan artists who were banned from holding music shows during the March COVID-19 nation wide Lock down hence their arrest.